A native of Harriman,
Tenn., Pam Strickland has made her living
as a writer, editor and/or writing teacher since she became a copy editor
for The UT Daily Beacon in 1978. She has a BS in communications
University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has spent seven years delaying final revisions of
her well-defended thesis (Working title: The Rhetoric of the Female Body in the Writing Classroom: A Feminine Critique) for a masters' in technical and expository writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She has worked as a daily journalist covering politics and social justice issues in Tennessee and Arkansas and earning the description of a "reporter I really respected" from Bill Clinton. Her essays have appeared in The East Tennessee Writer, the Arkansas Hunger News and the Arkansas Times. "Heritage Uncovered" was named Outstanding Essay 1999 by the UALR nonfiction journal Quills and Pixels, which also published, "Anxiety in the Writing Process." "Pensive on the Parkway," which began as one of her regular political commentaries for the Little Rock NPR affiliate, was later included in A Rough Sort of Beauty: Reflections on the Natural Heritage of Arkansas (U of A Press 2002). The high school yearbook staff she advised received national recognition for both layout and design and copywriting.
Her first and last stab at fiction, Under One Flag: A Year at Rohwer, a historical fiction story for upper elementary students about World War II Japanese internment camps in Arkansas Delta, was nominated for the 2006 Historic Preservation Book Prize from the Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington. The book was published by August House Publishing, whose vice president, Liz Parkhurst, was the
co-author. Pam has also worked for August House as a freelance editor.
Pam is a member of the Guild Board of Directors, where she spends time
on programming and publicity. She's also a member of the Magazine/Nonfiction Writing Group. Currently, an adjunct instructor at Roane State Community College teaching developmental English courses, she also freelances as a writer and editor for regional and national publications. She returned to East Tennessee in 2004 after 21 years in Arkansas to work on a book project that concerns her life, her family and the life and work of James Agee.